Of the Earth: Humanity, Humility, and the Functional Image of God

Every virtue finds its source in the character of the Triune God—every virtue, save one. This paper argues that the virtue of humility is chiefly a human virtue and its proper place is found in the content and expression of the image of God. My argument develops in two parts. The first is to make the case for humility’s limitation as a creaturely virtue (Edwards). While there is much scholarship on the concept of divine humility (Sonderegger, Wilcoxen, et al), this paper will demonstrate that the biblical picture of humility is not just a posture of service and love, but of a modesty which God cannot bear except in the mission of Christ in flesh (Vidu). The case will be made that modesty is essential to the biblical concept of humility, not just in opposition to pride or vainglory, but in its fundamental nature. Second, the paper will shift to demonstrate the expression of humility through the functional image of God as participating in the humility of Christ. This paper will make its case as a development to Christian Virtue Theory’s understanding of humility (Dunnington) by connecting the creaturely virtue to the understanding and development of the image of God. In this way, the biblical anthropology must express not just structural or relational angles of the image, but functionally virtuous ones—especially in the uniquely human virtue of humility.

5 thoughts on “Of the Earth: Humanity, Humility, and the Functional Image of God”

  1. This should be in the
    This should be in the program, even if not in the Christian Ethics session. I agree that the title could be better to indicate something about the paper and to draw people.


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